Eloise Nicena (Durey) Kaltenbach of Hazleton passed away peacefully on Saturday July 13, 2019 at the age of 95 following a brief illness. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Thursday July 18, 2019 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM on Friday July 19, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein. Memorials may be directed to the family and will then be directed to the Otter Creek Animal Shelter, St. Luke’s Hospice and Zion Lutheran Church.
Eloise, the daughter of Cora (Rolf) and Floyd Durey was born April 24, 1924 on the family farm near Dundee, IA. She graduated from Fayette High School. On November 21, 1942 she was united in marriage with Lloyd William “Bill” Kaltenbach in Kirksville, MO. From this union five children were brought into the world.
Eloise’s life was full of love for her family. She always put family first above all. A great love of the outdoors kept her fit and active for her full 95 years. She loved to garden, can, cook, fish and an occasional bus trip to the casino. Eloise worked at several businesses including B&L Body Repair, Ball Manufacturing (California), Sportsmen Restaurant and K-Mart. During her lifetime she lived in California, Oelwein, Harpers Ferry and rural Hazleton. She was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.
She is survived by her children: Carolyn Nicena Kaltenbach of Viola, Judy Urbanek of Cedar Rapids, Peggy Sue Schneider of Waukon, Daryl (Connie) Kaltenbach of Oelwein and Robert (Jacci) Kaltenbach of Hazleton; 17 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren with one on the way; her siblings: Daren Durey, George Durey and Shirley Thrall. Eloise was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and 13 siblings.